From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Edgerton, Walter "Kentucky Rosebud"

(born: 1853  -  died: 1923) 

Walter Edgerton, was NOT from Kentucky, but rather was born in Norfolk, VA, and boxed out of Philadelphia. His birth year is also given as 1868. He was a featherweight and lightweight boxer who weighed between 115-128 lbs. and stood 5 ft. 4 in. Edgerton started boxing around 1882 and ended his career in 1916. [Covington, KY, native Howie Camnitz, a white baseball player, also had the nickname "Kentucky Rosebud." The name has been used by several other sport and entertainment figures.] For more see "Walter Edgerton" a Cyber Boxing Zone website; and Ethnicity, Sport, Identity, J. A. Mangan and A. Ritchie.


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NKAA Source: Ethnicity, sport, identity : struggles for status

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“Edgerton, Walter "Kentucky Rosebud",” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed October 1, 2020,

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